Jack Woolgar

Jack William Woolgar (15 September 1913 – 14 July 1978) was a British character actor working in television and film in the 1960s and 1970s.[1] He began acting towards the end of the Second World War and turned professional shortly afterwards, working in repertory theatre and touring the UK. He acted on live TV in Granada during the 1950s, whilst at the Theatre Royal, Huddersfield.[2]

Jack Woolgar
Spotlight photo, 1969
Jack William Woolgar

(1913-09-15)15 September 1913
Died14 July 1978(1978-07-14) (aged 64)
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Mann, 1949 to 1978 (his death)

Woolgar was often cast as dirty old tramps, such as The Avengers episode "The Living Dead" - he had lifelong chest problems and he was able to produce a bubbling hacking cough at will. Prominent roles include the coal miner father in Stand Up, Nigel Barton, an autobiographical play by Dennis Potter, [3] and Sam Carne in the soap opera Crossroads.[4] He also played Professor Kirke in the 1967 serial of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, as well as Professor Branestawm in the 1969 series The Incredibale Adventures of Professor Branestawm. Other appearances include roles in Please Sir (The Generation Gap), The Onedin Line (The Hostage/Survivor), The Sweeney (Jigsaw) and Doctor Who (The Web of Fear). His film credits included roles in Hammerhead (1968), Where's Jack? (1969), The Raging Moon (1971), Death Line (1972) and Swallows and Amazons (1974).

He was married to the RADA trained actress Elizabeth Mann (13 July 1920 – 18 February 1980) and had four children.

Partial filmography


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